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Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

By Daniel Weisman Sustainability Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Earth Day 2019 is quickly approaching, and Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) is excited to take part in this year’s theme: Protect Our Species! Currently, the world is facing the fastest rate of extinction since the loss of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago […]
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Earth Day: Recommendations for Tenant Engagement

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 is the 49th Earth Day. The theme is Protect Our Species Level 1: Occupant Awareness via Communication: Send an email to tenants each morning of Earth Week with a different tip or trick for living green. SIG can provide additional content if requested. Highlight green projects in the building so that […]
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What’s Holding Businesses Back from Sustainability?

By Truc Vu Engineering Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) I recently went to a restaurant to catch up with a friend. Our to-go containers were made of Styrofoam, and our drinks were contained in paper cups with plastic lids and straws. Before I left, I went to the restroom only to find that the […]
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Pollinator Health in Atlanta and the Urban Honeybee Project

By Ann Thompson Consulting Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Humans benefit from the work of pollinators on a daily basis. From honey to sweeten a cup of tea to onions used to flavor a dish, the work of bees, birds, butterflies, and other small mammals is essential to food chains and economic systems around […]
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The Ins and Outs of Tricky Recyclables

By Katie Robinson Engineering Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” — we’ve all heard the phrase, but not all of us know what each of those steps can entail, particularly recycling and the rules behind it. Consumers often have trouble determining recyclability of a few specific items – items like sheet plastics, […]
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Climate Adaptive Design

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) As our planet slowly heats up, more and more people begin to have their own personal account of how natural disasters have affected their lives. Flooding is one type of natural disaster that is affecting more areas and causing more devastation than ever before. When flood […]
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SIG’s Top 10 ENERGY STAR Projects for 2018

1) 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY Client: SL GreenENERGY STAR Score: 87SIG Engineer: Jeff Stewart Property Address:11 Madison AvenueNew York, NY 10010 2) Chandler Building, Charlotte, NC Client: Northwood OfficeENERGY STAR Score: 95SIG Engineer: Jeff Stewart Property Address:13860 Ballantyne Corporate PlaceCharlotte, NC 28277 3) Scripps Center, Cincinnati, OH Client: Mayerson CompanyENERGY STAR Score: 90SIG […]
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SIG’s Top 10 Projects for 2018

499 Park Avenue – New York, NY499 Park Avenue is a 28-story office multi-tenant office building designed by I.M. Pei and located on the highly desirable corner of Park Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan. In October 2018, the Hines-managed building earned 61 points to achieve LEED EB Gold certification, bolstered by an ENERGY STAR score of 76, Renewable […]
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Top Takeaways from Greenbuild 2018

Seven SIG team members traveled to Chicago in November to attend Greenbuild 2018. Everyone enjoyed the conference, the theme this year was Human x Nature. This was also the first Greenbuild for three team members.  Plenary speakers included Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer and activist, and Carmen Yulin Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor […]
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Understanding the Energy Standards Required by California’s Title 24

By Annabelle Mathis, Engineering Analyst, LEED Green Associate and Davis Ray, Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Over the past 50 years, energy standards have risen to the forefront of environmental policy as a means of reducing energy consumption and lowering the amount of Carbon Dioxide we currently put into the atmosphere (CO2). The benefits of energy efficiency in […]
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